Proposed mega party selects ADP as its name; Uyo: Manhunt for builder as police confirm 27 dead; Obasanjo gives condition for supporting new APC-PDP Mega Party; $321m Abacha loot: FG denies $79m commission agreement with Swiss govt; Finish-off Boko Haram – Buratai command troops; Amaju Pinnick Plans For Ghana FA Boss To Step Down For Him; Rivers rerun poll: Police officer, orderly beheaded; $30bn loan: President Buhari to go ahead despite Senate rejection – Senator Ita Enang . . .
Proposed mega party selects ADP as its name
Abuja (NigerianEye) — Barring any last minute change, proponents of the new mega party have settled for a name for the party. According to reports, the new mega party to be formed by aggrieved members of the All Progressives and the Ahmed Makarfi –led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be called Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Proponents of the new party , who are drawn from all the six geo- political zones of the country would converge on Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday, December 19, 2016 to conclude on the name for the new party. If members agree on the name and structure, all the documents would then be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence the process of full registration.
Uyo: Manhunt for builder as police confirm 27 dead
Uyo (The Nation) — The Akwa Ibom State Government yesterday launched a manhunt for the builder of the collapsed church in Uyo, the state capital. One of the personal assistants to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Media, Mr Aniekeme Finbarr said the governor ordered the arrest of the contractors and engineers, who handled the building.
He said they should be made to answer certain questions so that the state would get to the root of the matter. Police commissioner Murtala Mani said yesterday that 27 people died when the uncompleted Reigners Bible Church building collapsed on Saturday in Uyo. He gave the figure of the injured as 37, saying the casualty figures were collated at the end of evacuation late on Saturday. Mani said: ”For now, we can confirm that 27 persons died during the church building collapse on Saturday. “We have concluded rescue operation but we are monitoring the situation to see what happens further,” Mani said.
Obasanjo gives condition for supporting new APC-PDP Mega Party
Abeokuta (NigerianEye) — Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed his opinion about the proposed APC-PDP Mega Party. Obasanjo revealed that he would support the new APC-PDP mega party only if Atiku Abubakar will not emerge as the presidential candidate. When Obasanjo, according to sources close to him, was approached to lend his support to the new party, he informed the proponents of the new party that he was prepared to back it on the condition that Atiku was not picked as the presidential candidate of the party.
According to a source, who was conversant with the outcome of the meeting with the former president, “He (Obasanjo) addressed the group that met with him, informing them that he had made too many mistakes in his life and for the nation, including the blanket support he claimed to have granted the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, and therefore was not prepared to make any more mistakes.”
$321m Abacha loot: FG denies $79m commission agreement with Swiss govt
Abuja (Vanguard) — The Federal Government has denied agreeing to pay the Swiss government $79 million in order to release the $321 million stashed in that country by late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha. This came as the Presidency declared, yesterday, that Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Muhammed, would remain Minister, despite her reported appointment as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
On the purported agreement with the Swiss government, Mr. Festus Akanbi, Special Adviser, Media, to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, indicated that the negotiations with the Swiss officials on the repatriation of the loot had no provision for commission, whatsoever. He said: “The attention of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to a misleading report, which erroneously claimed that the Federal Government has agreed to pay a $79 million commission to the Swiss government, as part of conditions for repatriation of the Abacha loot.
Finish-off Boko Haram – Buratai command troops
Damboa LGA Borno (NigerianEye) — Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has charged soldiers to finish off Boko Haram remnants on time to enable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) return to their homes. The army chief gave the charge when he visited troops of the 81 battalion in Damboa Local Government Area in Borno state.
Buratai who reiterated the determination of the army towards enhancing the welfare of troops, said rotation of soldiers would take place after every six months of deployment. “I am sure you have read and heard the message I sent across. If you are aware of it then we must work to get out of this place. We must work to get out of this operation very quickly.
Amaju Pinnick Plans For Ghana FA Boss To Step Down For Him
Abuja (NigerianEye) — Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has already perfected his ascension to the CAF executive committee. Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi will step down for him and in turn, he will support the GFA chief to stay put on the FIFA council. Both the CAF executive committee and FIFA Council polls are slated for March 2017. “Pinnick and Nyantakyi are from the same zone and he has now hammered out a plan for Nyantakyi to step down for him for the CAF position, while he will fully support him for his re-election for a seat on the FIFA Council,” a top source specially informed AfricanFootball.comThis explains the close alliance between the two men in recent times. Pinnick flew Nyantakyi back on his chartered flight from the recent AWCON final in Cameroon for them to attend a sports award in Lagos together. Nyantakyi was also among the 18 football federation presidents who Pinnick hosted during the visit of FIFA boss Gianni Infantino to Nigeria in July. A lawyer and banker, the 48-year-old Nyantakyi has been GFA president since December 2005.
Rivers rerun poll: Police officer, orderly beheaded
Port Harcourt (TheGuardian) — The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army on Saturday said that a deputy superintendent of Police, Alkali Mohammed, of the Mobile Police Unit 48 was beheaded along with his orderly at Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Council during Saturday’s bloody Rivers rerun elections.
“The patrol vehicle was taken away with weapons, three policemen escaped while five were missing in action. This is the same area where soldiers of 34 Brigade were ambushed on November 20, 2016 when a soldier was killed,” said the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim.
“Also on November 21, 2016, four personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were killed and their weapons carted away. These attacks are reasonable evidence of violations of breach of law and order, which portray the area as a flashpoint. “Despite these barbarism, soldiers acted with civility and professionally guaranteeing peaceful election.”
$30bn loan: President Buhari to go ahead despite Senate rejection – Senator Ita Enang
Abuja (NigerianEye) — The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang has explained that the federal government will go ahead with the $29.9billion borrowing plans despite Senate’s rejection. Giving clarification on Senate’s stance, Ita Enang explained that the Senate needed some information that were strategic to the borrowing plans which the budget office was already working on it.
“What is happening is that there are strategic information that should be made available to them before considering it and the DG, Budget was already working on it”, he noted. Enang was optimistic that the Senate would approve the loans as soon as all necessary information were made available. He added that the Senate understands that economic recession confronting the nation deserves sincere approach, while insisting that the proposed external borrowing of the President would properly fund the budget in the interest of National development.